Story: Fanny Brice, a homely young Jewish woman from the Lower East Side of New York City in the early 20th century, is determined to succeed in show business despite her lack of head-turning looks. With considerable faith in her voice and comic skills, she auditions for a role with impresario Florenz Ziegfeld and His Follies on Broadway.
It simply didn't sit well with her: Christi Griffin was a practicing attorney when she began to see instances of greed and abuse of power. It was not one particular problem, but an assortment of unethical behavior, and it drove her to do something. In 2007, Griffin founded local nonprofit, The Ethics Project (TEP).
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is giving guests something to celebrate: The award-winning hotel will unveil the stunning new makeover of its ballroom this fall. And a new holiday party package will allow local groups and businesses to be among the first to experience the elegantly redesigned entertainment space.
From contemporary art to opera, you could say St. Louis is packed to the rafters—or rather, to the top of the Arch—with art. The organizations behind these creative spaces and spectacles need financial support. Luckily for them, the terms 'Susan Sherman' and 'arts fundraiser' are practically synonymous in St. Louis.
Sophomores, juniors and seniors majoring in fashion design at the Washington University Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts presented their work at the 85th Annual Fashion and Design Show. Models, who walked the runway wearing the students’ creations, had their hair style by Dominic Bertani and his staff from Dominic Michael Salons. Bertani, who has styled hair at the event for 22 years, sponsors the Silver Scissors Designer of the Year, which was presented to senior Claudia Frolova this year.
Story: Life in the 1930s is hard for the African-American residents of Catfish Row, an impoverished area of Charleston, South Carolina that survives on fishing, picking cotton and other hardscrabble means of subsistence.
Story: The third annual St. Lou Fringe Festival brought 35 different acts to mid-town St. Louis from throughout the metropolitan area and around the country. The festival began with a kick-off party on Wednesday, June 18 and a modest schedule of events on Thursday, June 19 before a full schedule of shows each day from Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22.
The Saint Louis Art Museum is extending its run of the groundbreaking exhibit, Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet. The exhibition is now running through Bastille Day, the French national holiday on July 14.
Sometimes—on very rare occasions—when something sounds too good to be true, it actually isn’t. Some 51,000 people found that out in the first quarter of this year alone, through the efforts of RxOutreach, Inc.
Story: Eight gay men gather at the idyllic country home of Gregory, a famous choreographer who feels the feared touch of encroaching middle age and declining creativity, for a trio of weekends on the three major summer holidays: Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day.
Story: Poverty is a way of life in northeastern England, where the dirty and dangerous occupation of coal mining has been the main source of income to the locals for centuries. In 1984, though, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has sworn to shut down the government-operated coal industry, threatening to take away the livelihood of 300,000 miners.
Since 2007, more than 200 post-9/11 veterans have been awarded fellowships to better themselves and their communities through St. Louis-based nonprofit The Mission Continues.
Story: Young Oliver Twist survives on gruel and grit at a London orphanage workhouse in the mid-19th century. When he’s sold by overbearing beadle Mr. Bumble to the undertaker Mr. Sowerberry, Oliver is forced to sleep in a casket. After he gets into a fight with Sowerberry’s apprentice, he escapes into the streets of London.
Story: Vernon Gersch is a well-known composer and a self-described neurotic. Sonia Walsk is a lyricist and a free spirit, tethered to a lover named Leon she says is in her past but who keeps popping up in her life.
This 5-bedroom, 5-full and 2-half bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $2.395 million.
The Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America presented David and Thelma Steward with the Soaring Eagle Award at its annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner. David, who was not allowed to join his local Boy Scout troop as a boy in Clinton, Missouri, because it did not allow people of color, rose through the ranks of scouting after his mother started her own troop that accepted all people. He has continued to stay active in the organization throughout adulthood. The dinner also recognized the almost 600 young men who earned the rank of Eagle Scout last year, the organization’s highest rank attainable.
The Harris-Stowe State University board of regents has appointed DWAUN WARMACK as president, effective July 14. He previously worked as Bethune-Cookman University’s vice president, the youngest in the school’s history.
Celebrate National Train Day at the ultimate destination: St. Louis Union Station. This Saturday, May 10, Amtrak, stl250 and the Terminal Railroad Association are hosting a family-friendly day of train exploration and more.
Taking a break from the pool to help others, members and coaches of the Westminster Christian Academy girls swim team volunteered at Sunshine Ministries. The crew assisted the organization’s directors in relocating to a new building two blocks away.
What’s being billed as the gala event of the summer takes place under the big top later this month: Circus Flora's signature Flora Dora annual fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 31, under the big top adjacent to Powell Hall.
Story: Louise Seger, a single mother with two young children, becomes an instant fan of rising young country singer Patsy Cline when she hears the latter perform on The Arthur Godfrey Talent Show on CBS in 1957.
The votes have been tallied, and we now have the names of the nine finalists for the 2014 Ladue News Charity Awards. The finalists are...
Is there a better American city for walking than New Orleans? And is there a better place to escape buzzy French Quarter activity than the Garden District?
Story: Tami Martin’s plate of responsibilities is full. She’s a whirlwind of activity as she cooks, cleans and caters to the whims of her family, including teenage daughter Lisa, son Josh and husband Bill. She may well have a full-time job outside the home, too, as could Bill. We don’t know that, though, because we’re focused on the maelstrom of movement in their home.
A packed house at the Fox Theatre was entertained by the area’s most talented high school students during the 4th annual Teen Talent Competition. First-place honors went to Donesha Buhr for her dazzling hula hoop routine.